China-Russia Joint Exercise Is Sending A Message To The World

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A Russian A-50 military aircraft flies near the disputed islands called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, in this handout picture taken by Japan Air Self-Defence Force and released by the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan July 23, 2019. Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan/HANDOUT via REUTERS

AFP: China-Russia joint exercise sends a message to Washington

Beijing (AFP) – An unprecedented joint China-Russia bomber patrol over disputed territory off the coast of South Korea and Japan was a “massive development” in their bid to challenge US influence in the region, analysts said Wednesday.

The joint patrol caused outcry from Washington’s two main allies in the region after both Tokyo and Seoul claimed a Russian plane violated their airspace.

Seoul said a Russian warplane twice entered South Korean airspace near the disputed Dokdo islets — which Tokyo also claims and calls Takeshima — and that it fired warning shots in return. Japan also said it scrambled fighter jets in response.

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More News On China-Russia Military Cooperation

As South Korea fires on Russian jets, why are Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping teaming up? — Telegraph.co.uk
China Promises Further Military Cooperation With Russia — The Wall Street Journal
Joint Russian and Chinese air patrol heightens tension in Korean peninsula — The Guardian/Reuters

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